Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

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An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.


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Cast overview:
Douglass Montgomery ...
David Manners ...
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Zeffie Tilbury ...
E.E. Clive ...
Walter Kingsford ...
Forrester Harvey ...
Veda Buckland ...
Mrs. Tope (as Vera Buckland)
Elsa Buchanan ...
George Ernest ...
Deputy (as Georgie Ernest)
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Chief Verger Tope


John Jasper, a brooding, moody choirmaster at a finishing school in Victorian England, maintains a secret life that includes frequenting an opium den. His tortured mind becomes obsessed with a young student, Rosa Bud, who is engaged to his nephew Edwin Drood. When she senses the intensity of Jasper's feelings, she becomes frightened of him and avoids his company. When the mixed-blooded Neville Landless and his twin sister Helena arrive at the school from Ceylon, Neville and Edwin take an immediate dislike to one another over Rosa's affections. Although they quarrel and make up, Edwin disappears, and suspicion logically falls on the quick-tempered Neville. Written by duke1029

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Release Date:

4 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charles Dickens' 'Mystery of Edwin Drood'  »

Box Office


$215,375 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »


After the first dinner party, as David Manners and Douglass Montgomery are walking down the street to go home, the shadow of the boom mike can be seen in the background on the side of the buildings. See more »


John Jasper: Mr. Neville, In my presence two nights ago did you or did you not raise a knife against my Ned?
Neville Landless: I did.
Mayor Thomas Sapsea: A knife? Mmmm... most un-English!
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Silent Night
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Music by Franz Gruber
Sung as Christmas carol
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Fine acting and good story
16 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Excellent - just excellent! Finally I got to view this movie and am glad I acquired the tape. I need not explain all the details of the story since others have done such a good job of it already.

Am a great fan of Claude Rains so it was interesting to see him here as a younger man and a very good actor at that.

I was really surprised about Douglass Montgomery who plays the role of young Neville Landless faultlessly, and then to see him also reappear in a secondary role halfway through the film as an elderly stranger, Dick Datcherly, who comes into town and rents a room. What struck me most about Datcherly's appearance was his mannerisms and way of speaking, the nose, the long beard - I immediately recognized a striking resemblance to Fagin, played by Alec Guinness, in "Oliver Twist" (1946), as it was identical right down to the rasping voice. I'm sure Alec G. need only have taken one look at this characterization of Datcherly and he'd have found his clue to Fagin's appearance, they are so much the same! The story moves along very well, kept my interest, no dull moments, in my opinion. I was captivated by such a fine integrated performance from all the actors. It's my kind of movie!

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